Kaapse Beer Index

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Ales are beers fermented with top fermenting yeast. Ales typically are fermented at warmer temperatures than lagers and are popular under craftbeer breweries because they ferment a lot faster then bottom fermented beers (like lager).  Ales tend to be more full-bodied, sweeter and fruity in taste, due to the faster and more aggressive yeasting process.  Styles are (amongst others) stouts, bitters, IPA’s or barley wines.


A cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare. Barley is used as a base malt in the production of beer and certain distilled spirits, as well as a food supply for humans and animals.



(Also known as barleywine) is not a wine, but rather a high ABV beer dating back to 18th century England. The strong ale is full-bodied with a rich copper to dark red-brown color and medium hoppiness. Much of the beer’s nutty, toasty, caramel flavours come from a generous amount of malt, while hops and yeast add background flavour and body.

Try our Barley Wine Kaapse Leen.



Interested in how to pair beer with different dishes? Check out our introduction to food pairing here.



 A dark, malty, lightly hopped ale, dating back to 18th century Germany. Bockbeer is bottom fermented and usually of a higher alcohol percentage starting at 6% abv. Traditionally you have a Sprink Bock and a Fall Bock.
Bock beer is served at a slightly higher temperature then a pilsner, so the malty, caramel-like flavours are better noticed.

Try our Ruby Hypobok Kaapse Matador.



Bottom fermenting yeast works at a low temperature and therefore fermentation takes longer then with top fermenting yeast (used when brewing Ales). Bottom fermented beers are Lagers and are usually cleaner, more mellow and less robust in taste then Ales.



A crowler is a can that is filled from a tap and then sealed for take away.



These IPAs use double or even triple the typical amount of hops, but also add more malts to balance. The resulting beer has a strong hoppy flavour, deep malty depth and also has a high ABV.

Try our Double Dry Hopped IPA Kaapse Lennie. 



What is dry hopped beer? Dry hopped beer is beer to which dried hops are added after the beer has finished cooking. This means it has the hop fragrance but with less bitterness. 

Try our Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale Kaapse Maria.



Do you wonder why sometimes your beer is so cloudy or hazy? This usually happens when components from dry hops combine with proteins in the beer, this creates a haze. East-coast style IPA’s like a New England IPA usually are brewed with protein-rich wheat and oats, fruitier, hazy yeasts and are massively dry-hopped to create murky, silken beers. The beer remains unfiltered to save as much flavour as possible. This results in a hazy beer!

Curious? Check out our beer Kaapse Swaapse our collab with American brewery Sweetwater!



are the flowers of the hop plant. They are used primarily as a bittering, flavouring, and stability agent in beer, to which, in addition to bitterness, they give floral, fruity, or citrus flavours and aromas.



India Pale Ale is a style of Pale Ale defined by its fruity, floral and bitter taste. It’s origin lies in Britain when they were looking to brew a beer that would survive the trip to their colony in India. This heavily hopped beer conserved well during the trip overseas.
IPA’s are endlessly diverse and available in all sorts of flavour profiles and styles.

Try our Micro IPA Kaapse Kalimero! Don’t be put off by the low alcohol percentage, it’s flavour packed with a nice hoppy bitterness!



is a type of beer that is bottom fermented and conditioned at low temperature. They tend to have a crisp, clean taste, although other ingredients such as malts and hops can be added for flavor.
Lagers can be pale, amber or dark. Pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer. Examples are Helles, Pilsner, Bock or Schwarzbier.

Try Kaapse TheresiaIt’s a Smoked Helles (Lager) perfect to introduce you to smoked beer if you have never tried this, as with this one the smoked flavours are very subtle.



Cloudy, hazy, smooth and creamy IPA with refined bitterness.
This IPA is unfiltered (which makes it hazy) and has extremely low bitterness from using blends of hops that lend intense, fruity flavor. New England style IPAs are often dry-hopped and tend to be fermented to have lower carbonation.

Try our New England IPA Quatre Mains


Pale ale

A pale ale is a top fermented beer (ale) that is brewed with light malts. Usually a crisp, biscuity and hoppy beer.

Try our darling DDH Pale Ale Kaapse Maria, brewed with 5 differents types of hops and oats for a full body!



is a pale lager. It’s origins lie in mid 19th century Czech Republic in the city Pilsen. The beer is bottom fermented, brewed with light colored malts and made with local Saaz hops. A clean and thirst-quenching beer.

Try our Proper Pilsner, brewed with traditional Saaz hops, Kaapse Nelis.



is a global organization that inspires and motivates women in the beer industry through education and networking events.

Try our collaboration with the Pink Boots Society Benelux Kaapse Aletta. 



a heavy dark brown beer brewed from browned or charred malt.
The most asked question about a Porter is usually: What’s the difference between a Porter and a Stout?
Well, actually not that much difference! A looooong, long time ago back in the 18th century a Stout was usually a stronger and more full bodied version of a Porter. But nowadays, you can basically pick the name you prefer. It’s also a misunderstanding that they are always of an high abv. Like IPA’s there’s many different versions and alcohol percentages available. They are usually quite heavy in taste though; with notes of nuts, malts, coffee, caramel and/or chocolate!



a type of beer that originated in the Belgian province of Hainaut.

Saison is the French word for season because it was a seasonal beer. This beer was originally brewed by the farmers in winter to be drunk by the seasonal workers in the harvest season. They had to brew in the winter to prevent the beer from going bad during storage. Because the farmers had to work with the unpredictability of the crop seasons, they often used herbs and spices in times when hops were scarce also they used varied types of grains as to what was available.

Today, of course they are made a bit differently but it remains a beer that is generally not that hoppy and very herbal.

Try our classic saison Kaapse Harrie. It’s glutenfree!



Session IPAs come from a time when brewers were given two drinking periods or “sessions” of 4 hours each workday! This of course required a lighter beer than stout or porter, allowing workers to drink more beer without getting too drunk. To be a session IPA a beer must have an ABV lower than 5%.

Try our session IPA Kaapse Karel. Also glutenfree!



a very dark, full-bodied ale with a distinctive malty flavor that is typically brewed with unmalted roasted barley. See ‘Porter’ for more info on the difference between a stout and a porter!

Try our creamy Oatmeal Stout Kaapse Gozer.



Top fermenting yeast works at a high temperature and is used to brew Ales. Top fermentation works a lot faster then Bottom fermentation and is therefor popular in the craftbeer industry, you can brew an experimental beer within a few weeks time.
Top fermented beers are usually more expressive and complex in taste and are full bodied and fruity.



Hoppy IPA with big tropical and citrus fruit aromas to balance the bitterness. The body is clean and crisp and the beers usually have a high carbonation.

Try our West Coast IPA Kaapse Zweipac. 



Beer Seasons Chart

Here is our guide to Seasonal Beers:


Darker strong ales, barley wine, spiced beers,  stouts, imperial stouts and porters
In winter try our strong West Coast IPA Kaapse Dennie, or our festive spiced beer Kaapse Klaas.


Red ale, Maibocks, Marzens, dry stout, abbey beers, bitter IPAs.
In Spring try our bitter West Coast IPA Kaapse Zweipac.


Saison, wheat beers, pale, amber & blonde ales, citrusy-hopped ales
In summer try our low ABV flavour-packed micro-IPA Kaapse Kalimero, or our soon to be released white-wine saison Kaapse Tess!


Fresh hop ales, IPAs, pumpkin beers, barrel-aged beers fermented on fruit, smoked malt beers, bok beers, doppelbocks. 
In the fall try our gluten-free Ruby Bokk Kaapse Matador or our Smoked Doppelbock Kaapse Barnabas.


If you want to keep reading:

Learn more about Hazy beers:



Learn more about Barley Wine:




Learn more about IPAs:







Learn more about the Pink Boots Society:



Learn more about Porters and Stouts:






Learn more about Saisons: